Nation of Beancounters

GPS and … farming

Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on February 5, 2012

I like bits and pieces about the real world: what exactly are those “improvements in agriculture”? And how much do they improve it? I’m going to start collecting these examples. From Britain:

I was talking to a Farmer recently … He was telling me about how his new Tractor … could plough. Basically … the GPS could be set to have the furrows overlap within a few inches. The productivity gains mean that he can plough an extra field or two a day just from not ploughing the same bits twice by eliminating overlap. The Tractor is then hired out at profitable rates to other, smaller farmers. The same is true for Combine harvesters and the like. The relentless focus on efficiency drives productivity improvements, and has done since the industrial revolution.

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